This was the statement made by Acting Commissioner of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, Francis Tokura, following claims on social media that the investigations were being targeted at destabilizing Bougainville before the referendum.
“As Acting Commissioner of Police for the RPNGC and as the substantive Head of the Bougainville Police Service (BPS), I want to make it clear that the investigations taking place are the result of allegations made regarding a number of audits and financial matters,” he explained.
“These investigations are not political in nature. They do not target any particular individual or individuals. When an allegation is raised the RPNGC and BPS have an obligation to investigate and that is what is now taking place. Lawful process must be allowed to take place,” Tokura said.
The Acting Commissioner appealed to the public and the broader community to allow police to undertake this important work, and warned that any person attempting to disrupt or undermine these investigations will be taken as obstructing justice.
(Francis Tokura filepic)